50 years ago, May 29, 1969

A troupe of performers from Southwest Missouri State, selected to go on a five-month tour for the USO, will perform their variety show “Happy Hour ’69” Saturday, June 21, in Stockton, sponsored by the Stockton Jaycees.

Missourians received $52,427,000 in Social Security benefits in 1968, according to a recent report released by Sens. Stuart Symington and Thomas Eagleton. The report shows 2,202 Cedar County residents received a total of $152,000.

Stockton native Larry Bough, outfielder for the Southwest Baptist College baseball team, was an honorable mention on the NAIA All-District 16 team.

25 years ago, June 1, 1994

Visitation at Stockton Lake was up by more than 13,000 over last year’s figures for Memorial Day weekend. The lake brought in an estimated 52,078 people, compared to last year’s estimate of 38,316. Jim Franz of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last year’s rainy holiday weekend affected the jump in visitor numbers.

A 20-foot runabout ran aground approximately 70 feet up the rocks at Stockton Dam around 11 p.m. Sunday, May 29. According to the Missouri Water Patrol, boat driver Michael Shedd, Kansas City, and six passengers had left the dock at Orleans Trail Marina around 10 p.m. Due to hazy conditions on the lake, Shedd said he couldn’t see where he was going. Shedd was cited for operating the vessel too fast for conditions. No one was injured.

10 years ago, May 27, 2009

Members of the Southwest Missouri Garden Clubs watched with pride Saturday, May 23, as three years of fundraising paid off with the unveiling of a memorial marker at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. The $1,200 marker was a collective fundraising project in Stockton, El Dorado Springs, Buffalo, Branson and Springfield, as well as the Iris Belles and Twilight Gardeners groups. Through book sales, garage sales and personal donations, the groups were able to pool funds and set in place the latest of more than 50 Blue Star Memorial Markers in Missouri.

In a special meeting Thursday, May 21, the Stockton Board of Aldermen discussed contracts for a waste water operator consultant. The consultant from Crane is charging $1,300 for the first month and $65 and hour afterward. “He thinks most things can be handled over the phone, which he said he wouldn’t charge for,” mayor Patty Thompson said.

The Stockton Tigers won their first district baseball championship since 1990, beating Fair Grove 8-5 in the final.

Stockton track won four medals at the state championships, including Amber Thomas placing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.85.

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